Jonathan Broxton has signed with the Royals, apparently after going on a hunting trip with Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. What might they have been hunting for?:
Moose Haas: 91-79 as a Brewer, including 13-3, 3.27 ERA in 1983.
Bob Moose: Went 14-3, 2.91 ERA as 21-year-old for 1969 Pirates. Pitched over 1100 innings in bigs by age 25. Out of baseball after age-28 season.
Rob Deer: Managed to get 4500+ PAs in his career despite hitting .220. This was because nearly 27% of his hits left the yard (230 homers out of 853 total hits). Finished 1st or 2nd in strikeouts in AL six different years.
Pete Elko: 3B with two cups of coffee with the Cubs during the war years.
Possum Whitted: Early version of “utility man”. He played every position except catcher during his 11-year career from 1912-1922.
Rabbit Maranville: Hall-of-Fame SS primarily for Boston Braves. He had a 23-year career, never leading in any meaningful offensive category (career OPS+ of 82). His glove made him valuable year after year.
Shawn Hare: OF with multiple cups of coffee with multiple teams from 1991-1995. His extra-base power in the minors never made the trip to the bigs.
Nellie Fox: Hall-of-Fame 2B primarily for the 1950’s White Sox squads. 1959 AL MVP when he hit .306 with 2.1 Defensive WAR.
Billy Otterson: Played shortstop on the American Association’s Brooklyn Grays in 1887. Listed at 5’7″, 135 pounds.
Jim Panther: Ineffective reliever for three different teams from 1971-1973. 60 walks, 56 strikeouts, 156 hits allowed in 130 innings.
Turkey Stearnes: Negro league power-hitter, elected to the Hall posthumously in 2000. Led league in homers six times, and batted over .300 in 14 of his 19 seasons.
Dennis Dove: 3rd-round pick by Cardinals in 2003. Made it to bigs, very briefly (yielding homers in two of his three appearances), in 2007. Now out of baseball.
Joe “Ducky” Medwick: Hall-of-Fame LF, primarily for the Cardinal teams of the 1930s. Posted a 180 OPS+ in his MVP season of 1937 (.374/.414/.641 with 31 HRs and 154 RBI). Banged out 64 doubles in 1936.
Craig Swan: Went 14-13 on ’79 Mets (a team that went 63-99).